The Wauseon Board of Education convened on Monday, October 13 to both address agenda items and hear building reports from all four principals. All four principals shared their current enrollment numbers, which are holding steady, and that they continue to work on RTI (intervention) processes and professional development. They also all noted that the end of the grading period is coming up soon and that midterm reminders were sent out via PowerAnnouncements. Midterms are available for parent viewing on-line. Board member Larry Fruth questioned whether or not there had been any complaints using the paperless format and whether or not there was any way to know if parents had viewed the midterm report. Elementary Principal Theresa Vietmeier replied that she had not had any complaints but acknowledged that, while it is possible to see whether or not parents logged on, there is no real way to know if the midterm report had been reviewed.
In his report, Primary School Principal Troy Armstrong reported that the first meeting of Parents Supporting School took place last month with 12 participants and that the discussion focused on the craft show, carnival, father-daughter dance, and mother-son event. Armstrong also noted that the school is collecting tabs again this year for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The goal is to collect 350 pounds and the students are focused on the intrinsic motivation to help others.
Elementary School Principal Theresa Vietmeier reported that the 3rd graders recently completed the fall Reading OAA using the paper and pencil format. Students who score above 394 will take the PARCC test in the spring using the computerized format while others will take the spring OAA in the paper and pencil format. 3rd graders have all recently completed their annual writing diagnostic, which was previously administered in the spring.
Vietmeier also reported that Pat Turpening is continuing to lead the WES Mentoring Program and has recruited numerous high school students and community members to assist struggling readers. Turpening has also made herself available to work with students at the 2:00 intervention time. Vietmeier noted that Turpening’s continued dedication has proven invaluable to Wauseon students.
In his report, Middle School Principal Joe Friess commented that the end of the fall sports season is nearing an end and all of the students have done very well despite having some games cancelled due to opposing teams not having enough players. Friess also informed the Board that positive feedback was received from the Wauseon Fire Department regarding the October 6 fire drill and that the 21st Century Grant is up and running. The program started on September 22nd and currently has 30 students attending on a consistent basis. Pat Turpening is coordinating this program as well.
High School Principal Keith Leatherman reported that Homecoming week went very well despite being shortened to a four day week. Additionally, Leatherman was pleased to report that 3 WHS band students have been accepted into the Northwest Regional Orchestra. Students were selected via recorded audition and will perform at Perrysburg High School on November 16 with students from across Northwest Ohio. Students selected include Bailey Hardy (Senior, Tenor), Sean Baker (Junior, Tuba), and Taylor Wilcoxon (Junior, French Horn).
Leatherman also reported that the High School athletic teams continue to do well. The golf team was able to capture their third straight NWOAL League Championship and both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams finished second at the NWOAL league meet. Additionally Quintin Reiser was the Boys NWOAL League Champion with a winning time of 15:34.94, which sets a new league record. This makes Reiser a three time league champion.
Upcoming events and dates all parents and students of Wauseon Schools may want to remember include:
4th Grade Grandparents Day Programs: October 28 and November 4
Parent Teacher Conferences: November 24 and 25
Fall OGT Testing: October 27-31
WHS Marching Band Concert: November 6
WHS Speech Tournament: November 8
Veterans’ Day Assembly: November 12
Prior to hearing reports from the principals, the board did address both financial and personnel items on the agenda. In financial matters, the following donations were accepted with gratitude:
•$108.90 from the Target Take Charge of Education Program to the WHS Student Council Fund
•$58.94 from the Target Take Charge of Education Program to the WPS Student Council Fund
•$52.82 from the Target Take Charge of Education Program to WES Student Council Fund
•$300 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the WHS Athletic Fund to be used towards Golf expenses
•$1600 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the WHS Athletic Fund to be used toward payment of the Hudl Subscription for 2014-15
•$3727.40 from the Wauseon Athletic Boosters to the Cheerleading Fund to be used to pay for uniforms
Modifications and supplemental modifications to the FY15 Permanent Appropriations and the FY15 Certificate of Resources were also approved as presented along with several “then and now” certificates.
The following personnel items were also approved:
A one-year limited classified contract for Kathy Rupp as a Secretarial Assistant for the 2014-15 school year pending receipt of a clean BCI/FBI background check
Hugo Barajas (JH Wrestling), Mark Britsch (HS Boys Basketball), Scott Burnett (HS Wrestling), Glenn Coblentz (HS Wrestling), Amy Kreiner (Assistant Girls Basketball), Kody Moden (Assistant Bowling), Shawn Moore (HS Wrestling), Lynelle Nofziger (Varsity Assistant Girls Basketball), Landon Schaffner (JH Boys Basketball), and Dave Storrer (Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball) as Volunteer Coaches for the 2014-15 school year.
Zane Krall (JH Wrestling) and Jacob Whitcomb (HS Wrestling) as Volunteer Coaches for the 2014-15 school year pending receipt of clean BCI/FBI background checks and Pupil Activity Permits.
Mike Colon, Courtney Fischer, Joy Hutchison, Matt Hutchison, Tatum Penrod (Volunteer), and Raychel Ramos.
The Board thanked all of the volunteers who willingly give of their time to assist students within the various athletic programs.
Following principal reports the Board entered into executive session with no further action being taken. The next meeting of the Wauseon Board of Education will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 12:15 PM in the Wauseon High School Library.